A taxi driver in Kolkata was arrested by the Gariahat Police station, for insulting and abusing Bengali film actress and TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty.
Deva Jadav made indecent gestures at Mimi and repeatedly overtook her car as she was on her way to Gariahat from Ballygunge on Monday afternoon. The taxi driver was in an inebriated state and he also abused Mimi while driving. Mimi was in her own car and her driver was at the wheel. Eventually, Mimi herself overtook the taxi at Ballygunge Phari, stopped it and later handed him over to the Police.
Mimi was returning from her gym which was not very far from her house when the accused taxi driver made indecent gestures which initially the TMC MP had ignored, thinking these were unintentional. "He made very indecent gestures. I realized that if I let him go today, at night when other women get onto the taxi thinking that they will be dropped home safely, he could do this again. That is why I took this step. It was raining very heavily and there was nobody on the road at that time. My car overtook the taxi, I gave the taxi driver a piece of my mind," Said Mimi Chakraborty.
However soon there was a huge crowd of people surrounding the taxi and her car, after Mimi got off her vehicle, which is why the taxi driver was let off. “But I had the belief that my administration will catch hold of him and that is what happened. He was arrested by the night and he is under custody right now and will be presented in court. He was heavily drinking and driving. Before thinking of whether I was alone or not, I knew it was important to stop him first. If I ignored him today, tomorrow he would dare to get his hands on a lady passenger," added Mimi.
After she let the car go, the TMC MP lodged an FIR before travelling back home and the taxi driver was tracked down and arrested within a few hours.
The accused taxi driver lives in the Anandapur area on EM bypass. He has been booked under Sections 354, 354A, 354D, 509 and others of the Indian Penal Code.